Bangladesh reports 40 COVID-19 deaths, 2,58,717 total recoveries

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Dhaka, Sept 21: The death toll from coronavirus has reached 4,979 as 40 more people died from the disease in the last 24 hours.

Besides, 1,705 more tested positive for the virus, raising the number of such cases to 350,621.

Directorate General of Health Services said in a press release on Monday.

In the last 24 hours, 13,053 samples were examined and out of them 1,705 got positive results for the virus. Apart from, 2,152 more recovered from the virus, taking the total recoveries to 258,717, the press release added.

Bangladesh reported its first three cases of COVID-19 on March 8.

The new coronavirus pandemic first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year. The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.

The deadly virus spread to 213 countries and territories, killing some 965,368 people globally, according to Worldometer, a website which compiles number of new coronavirus cases and deaths from it.

As many as 31,261,540 people worldwide caught the virus. Among them, 22,845,810 people recovered from the virus, the website said.